180,000 Palestinians treated in Israeli hospitals in 2010 (Harriet Sherwood yawns)

Per the IDF website:

Humanitarian dilemmas are a recurring issue in the Judea and Samaria region. A terrorist fires at IDF soldiers, is shot and gets wounded. Is an IDF medic to be called to treat him? A building is about to collapse in the heart of Ramallah. Does the IDF enter? Does it jeopardize its soldiers’ lives, or does it call the International Red Cross and risk losing precious time?

To Israel, the answer to these questions is clear. According to Division Medical Officer, Lt. Col. Michael Kassirer, “The treatment of the Palestinian population is first and foremost a moral and professional obligation for every one of us.”

A conference on the topic of humanitarian medicine was held on Monday (Nov. 22), at Hadassah Medical Center at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

“Until September 2000, a Ramallah resident could have taken his car and driven to Ichilov Hospital [in Israel],” began Commander of Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon. “But from September 2000 we’ve been in a state of terror. Hundreds were killed, Jews and Palestinians alike. The battles took place in the heart of the cities, in places where enemies stood side by side with civilians, with difficult conditions and limited ability to evacuate. We could not practice medicine beyond the minimum. In those days, we were on the verge of a humanitarian crisis.

But today, he says, the situation is different. Thanks to many efforts on both sides, stability has been restored.

…Dr. Tawfik Nasr, Director of the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem and coordinator of all hospitals in east Jerusalem, described the example of patients coming from Gaza to be treated in Jerusalem, sometimes over a period of three to four months. They are housed in a special hotel on the Mount of Olives.

…And, unbelievable though it may sound, because of desire and will, it is working. Last year, 180,000 Palestinian citizens entered Israel to receive treatment.

Dalia Basa, medical coordinator of the Civil Administration, said:

“A bond of mutual trust has been created between [the Israelis and Palestinians]. I always tell them the truth…I will always listen. I hear them. I understand their problems.  Ultimately, this is a rewarding experience…There are people who see me on the street or in hospitals, hear my name and say ‘You saved my son’s life’. When you get home in the end of the day and examine your life, you know that you saved lives. You know you did a lot of good.”


CW Postcript: Apparently, the Guardian’s Israel correspondent Harriet Sherwood was too busy covering a lurid sex scandal involving an Israeli policeman to report on this story, but CiF Watch got hold of a draft that was apparently prepared for her in the event that the well-known facts regarding Israeli doctors treating thousands upon thousands of Palestinian patients ever went viral.

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  1. With few exceptions, the GWV doesn’t allow any discussion about Israel and Israelis other than being viewed as the enemy. If it were possible to vote the State of Israel out of existence most of the Guardian staff that reports/editorializes on Israel would say aye.

  2. terry malloy: whatever generates this hatred and wilful disbelief of the truth 108 people agreed with this statement about this issue in the Diab article yesterday

    “Israeli forces shoot and fire at Palestinians. Some Palestinians die, others wounded. Palestinians and aid agencies in the area try to take the wounded Palestinians to hospital to seek medical attention. The ambulances are shooted at and prevented from reaching hospitals. Some of the Palestinian wounded get taken across the border to Israeli hospitals.

    Need I say more? Of course not, you knew full well what I meant the first time. Oh and yes, I do agree with Robert Fisk and many others – The Jenin massacre did happen.”

  3. Mita, the questionable success of CiF depends greatly upon the self-serving bias and too-ready resorting to emotional reasoning of its above and below the line contributors. One cannot emote and think clearly at the same time. For any of them to admit to themselves, let alone in print, that what they believe and say is concocted out of their fertile imaginations and hatreds which carefully stoked by the Guardian World View would cause them so much cognitive dissonance that they would not be able to function.

    It’s often easier to continue as one is, however wrong headed, than to enquire and have one’s views of the world challenged. Mature people can survive this and adjust and change accordingly. The majority of contributors to and writers for CiF are not mature and, as we have daily evidence, some of them hold frankly crazy ideas.

  4. Would said Palestinians be in less pain and discomfort had the surgery not taken place or had it been done in the Shifa Hospital? It’s a reasonable question.

  5. Mitnaged, it’s simpler than that; the Guardian is simply continuing the millennia-long European tradition of using virulent Jew-hatred to make money.

  6. “If it were possible to vote the State of Israel out of existence most of the Guardian staff that reports/editorializes on Israel would say aye.”

    Terry, you are mistaken. Newspaper stuff surely know what is good for them, and they are really interested in Israel’s uninterrupted existence. Otherwise it’s the dole for many of them.

    As for the headline offered – I think I want to suggest a modification:

    “Gazans complain of feeling of emptiness after Israeli surgeons relieve them of vital organs under anesthesia”.

    More punch for the money, I think…